Why young people should vote in European Elections
In this year’s Euroscola competition we asked students to create a one-minute video clip on “Why young people should vote in European Elections”.
The main purpose of the competition was to get students thinking about European democracy and active citizenship as some of them will vote for the first time in the European Elections in 2019.
The video clips were assessed by an independent judging panel, chaired by the Head of the European Parliament Office in Ireland.
As always, the judges were faced with difficult decisions as the submissions were of a very high standard and they expressed their delight at the huge interest shown by students across the country. In light of the European Elections in 2019 it is very encouraging to see so many young people engaged and participating.
One winning school was selected from each of Ireland's three European constituencies, and a runner-up prize was awarded in each of the two larger constituencies (from which many more entries were received). In addition, a special award was made to the video making the most creative use of European languages.
The winning students will have the opportunity to travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in 2018 and experience a day as an MEP, engaging in the EU decision-making process through debates in the hemicycle, negotiations with their colleagues, voting and adopting resolutions on topical European issues.
Euroscola gives students from across Europe the opportunity to interact and exchange information in a foreign language and highlights the importance of cross-cultural cooperation.
Thank you to everyone for taking part and congratulations to the winners in this year’s Euroscola competition!
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page where we will post some of the videos that came close to winning and were highly commended by the judges. You might also want to follow our dedicated Education handle on Twitter @EPIreland_Edu where we will be posting all the entries we received over the coming weeks.
Here are the winning entries:
Stratford College, Rathgar, Dublin
The judges particularly liked the mix of styles and footage and the way in which the voices of the student's came across both individually and collectively. The video also briefly featured European Parliament Sakharov Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.
Midlands North West Winner
Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare
Of all the videos that conveyed their message through animation, the judges found this one to be the most lively and dynamic, combining a range of images, firmly situating the video in the European Parliament and with a clear, strong message.
St. Leo's College, Carlow
The judges felt that this video really stood out by using a very eye-catching and artistic technique to appeal to the viewer and by packaging its message in simple but inspiring terms.
Midlands North West Runner up
Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
The judges were very impressed by the way this video took a simple concept and setting and really brought it to life with powerful examples from their own lives of how one current EU political issue will affect them.
South Runner Up
Coláiste Iósaef, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick
Several entries used the simple technique of letting the students’ voice speak directly and the judges felt this video was the most effective of these, with the students delivering a direct, clear and authentic message.
Coláiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork
A number of videos made very good use of different European languages and the judges felt that this deserved special recognition. This video was felt to be the most ambitious of those while also clearly conveying its message.
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